Driving Barefoot

High school English teacher trying to challenge the problems of the public school system with sarcasm, subtle rebellion, compassion, cute headbands, and an intense love for my kiddos.


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My alone feels so good, I’ll only have you if you’re sweeter than my solitude.

Warsan Shire (via loveyourchaos)

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My alone feels so good, I’ll only have you if you’re sweeter than my solitude.

Warsan Shire (via loveyourchaos)

(via detroitsomething)


With the 2012-2013 American school year still in its infancy, it’s worthwhile to note that the people doing the actual educating are down in the dumps. Many feel more beaten down this year than last. Some are walking into their classrooms unsure if this is still the job for them. Their hearts ache with a quiet anguish that’s peculiarly theirs. They’ve accumulated invisible scars from years of trying to educate the increasingly hobbled American child effectively enough that his international test scores will rival those of children flourishing in wealthy, socially-advanced Scandinavian nations and even wealthier Asian city-states where tiger moms value education like American parents value fast food and reality TV.

The American child has changed, and not necessarily for the better. Many shrill voices argue that teachers must change, too, by simply working harder. The favored lever for achieving this prescribed augmentation of the American schoolteacher’s work ethic is fear, driven by a progressively more precarious employment situation.

But teachers by and large aren’t afraid; they’re just tired.

Source: The Educator’s Room


Remember this kiddo?

He’s writing his college essay about how he wants to be a teacher because of me— so he can help other kids who struggle with motivation.

Well. I may have pretended to have an allergy attack after his 12th grade English teacher told me this today.

Sometimes, being a teacher is pretty damn wonderful. 

Dear Ms. T, I’m so sorry for this mistake. I meant to print my paper out this morning, but I was distracted by my delicious breakfast. My essay is attached. Have a great evening!

Actual email from a student. Equally endearing and ridiculous. (But aren’t most things about teaching?)


  • Student- Ms. T, I just crushed Matt in tic-tac-toe.

  • Me- Oh yeah? [Looks at paper] Um...why are there curved lines?

  • Student- I won the first game with a parabola, and the second game with a square root function.

  • Me- Yup, pretty sure those aren't the rules.

Ms. T, that was the best first day ever. All my other classes were so boring. So, thanks!

One of my general-level seniors, who high-fived me as he walked out the door. So much love for these kiddos.

The Hunger Games

  • Student #1- If the whole staff were in The Hunger Games, who would win?

  • [A 15-minute conversation ensues, in which a group of students discuss this scenario in detail]

  • Student #2- What would happen to Ms. T?

  • Student #3- She's little, so she would climb a tree. Obviously.

  • Student #2- Like Rue!

  • Student #4- Yeah, and then she would die. And inspire a revolution.

  • Me- Thanks! ...I think.

Last Summer YA Book review Video— Jasper Jones, by Craig Silvey!
Check it out! I gave it 3/5 stars, but I think a lot of students (especially average - above-average male readers) would really like it. Great for thematic units on racism/prejudice or for teaching difficult vocabulary contextually. Also, I’m wearing my favorite headband. So there’s that.

Summer YA Book Review Video #5: Nothing, by Janne Teller
Unsettling philosophical book about meaning, purpose, human nature, and nothingness…check out the video for more on the plot, cross-curricular connections between English and philosophy, and ideas for incorporating excerpts into a thematic unit on a text like Lord of the Flies… 

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